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This book shows how aesthetic understanding of organizations can extend our knowledge and sharpen our insights into many processes that shape organizational action. Organizational life is pervaded by aesthetics, yet conventional organizational analysis has been dominated by a `scientific', logico-rational tradition that ignores the aesthetic dimension. The book highlights the role of emotion in organizations, the importance of symbol, the subjective influence of culture and the processes of learning and cognition. These phenomena are related to the aesthetic rather than to purify rational, demanding new modes of inquiry that allow us richer insight into the dynamics of organizational life.

Artefacts, Form and Aesthetic Categories
Artefacts, form and aesthetic categories

Research studies on organizational aesthetics do not generally make explicit reference to the aesthetic categories, apart from the category of the beautiful. The latter, however, has been considered not so much as a specific category of aesthetics as one synonymous with aesthetics, style and art in organizations. It is not therefore the organizational literature on aesthetics that has emphasized the importance of the multicategoriality of aesthetics for aesthetics' understanding of organizational life, with the exception of my notes on the subject in previous writings (1992, 1999). To illustrate this distinctive feature of the aesthetic approach, in this chapter I shall refer to two essays published in manuals of organization studies and which can be considered as ...

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